By Amy Kawata

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With New Year’s Eve around the corner and most residents staying closer to home, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison wants to remind residents that fireworks and shooting guns into the air are illegal in the city.

“We want to admonish everybody that fireworks are illegal in the city of Baltimore, all fireworks,” said Harrison, including sparklers.

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He said there will be a “robust deployment strategy” and officers will be on the lookout for people violating the law.

“Secondly, shooting firearms in the air is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous,” added Harrison. “Bullets come down with the same velocity as they do when they go off. It can harm and kill people so absolutely do not do it.”

The city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks have been canceled this year, but WJZ will host a virtual celebration on Dec. 31 starting at 11 p.m.

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Residents, meanwhile, were disappointed by the fireworks’ cancellation.

“I’m kind of upset about not having the fireworks because it’s a Baltimore City and Maryland tradition,” Baltimore resident Alvin Lee said.

“It helps me stay in spirit, like when you’re going through a lot of things and you look at that, it could just change your whole atmosphere,” city resident Denise Mack said.

Despite a lack of festivities, many are still looking forward to bidding farewell to 2020 and hello to 2021.

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“2021 has to be better than 2020, has to be, you know what I’m saying?” Lee said.